SUBMARINE OWNER SUSPECTED IN DEATH
» The owner of an COPENHAGEN amateur-built submarine was arrested on suspicion of murder Friday after his vessel sank off Denmark’s coast and a journalist who had joined him for what was supposed to be a short voyage was reported missing, Copenhagen police said.
Police said in a statement Friday night that the man denied killing the missing woman and reported he dropped her off on a redeveloped island in Copenhagen’s harbor about 3½ hours into their Thursday night trip.
The statement did not identify the submarine’s owner, Peter Madsen, 46, but the Danish inventor’s financing of the project through crowdfunding and first launch of the UC3 Nautilus in 2008 made headlines.
The 40-ton, 60-foot-long vessel has been described as the largest privately built submarine of its kind.
Before his arrest, Madsen appeared on Danish television to discuss the submarine’s sinking and his rescue. It was the journalist’s boyfriend who alerted authorities early Friday that the sub had not returned from a test run, police said.
The woman was a journalist writing about Madsen and his submarine.
In an April 2008 file photo, submarine owner Peter Madsen stands inside his vessel.